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Moneyballing My Way To A Champions League Title in Every European Nation: Austria (Part IX)


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2025 Preseason

 

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Another complete restructure of the first team, with a lot of loan players still, but the reliance is slowly fading. Shea Alves joins us permanently, and Addo-Antoine re-joins on a second loan.

 

 

 

Central Defenders

 

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Wing Backs

 

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Defensive Midfielder

 

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Central Midfielders

 

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Striker

 

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An average preseason, but we push Dundee United and just miss out on progression in the League Cup.

 

 

 

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Still no pressure to succeed, I like this :D 

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On 01/07/2022 at 18:32, zethani said:

Ngongé is impressive, hope you retain his services for many seasons.

 

Unfortunately we loaned him from Coventry, but he's only 19, so there's a chance we could grab him permanently a bit later. 

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September 2025

 

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The unbeaten run in the league continues, with our first draw against recently relegated against St Mirren after they beat us in the Challenge Cup.

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December 2025

 

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We falter a little bit and lost the lead to Dunfermline briefly, but they dropped a result to St Mirren and we jumped them again.

 

 

 

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I'm expecting a very average intake.

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January 2026

 

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We are doing our absolute best to botch this, but we still somehow stay top. A strong showing against Rangers too, who needed an 88th minute goal to beat us.

 

 

 

Transfers (Out)

 

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Bennett was making noises about moving, and despite being a first team contributor he is now off to the English Championship.

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March 2026

 

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Now that the pressure of maintaining the league lead is gone, we decide to play well and all of a sudden within touching distance of the top again. Cue the re-capitulation...

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April 2026

 

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Our great form saw us take the lead on goal difference, so naturally when that happened we panicked and lost. We have one game left, and of course it's against Dunfermline. We're at home, and a win gives us the league title. Anything less still puts us in a strong position for the playoffs though.

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Against all the odds, we are heading to the Scottish Premiership :D 

It's a shame we had to beat Hearts to do it, as they are generally one of the stronger Scottish teams not named Celtic or Rangers. But we're through, and we are turning pro as a result!

 

 

 

Best XI

 

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Shea Alves  -  Jake Hull  -  Ben Hockenhull

 

 

 

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Record Breakers

 

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Award Winners

 

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Progress

 

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2026 Preseason

 

Transfers (Out)

 

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Our starting striker leaves for the Championship, but we get him back on loan.

 

 

 

Transfers (Out)

 

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A few back-ended deals here (no way we spent 325k in one go) and we welcome back a few familiar faces. Brown has a second loan, and McAndrew joins permanently after his loan 3 seasons ago. Weird thing is, he only played one game at Raith and that was before we loaned him. They've missed a gem here.

 

 

 

Central Defenders

 

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Wing Backs

 

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Defensive Midfielder

 

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Not too bothered about the results here, we were still getting used to things.

 

 

 

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I am under no illusions that we will get flogged in most games. I'm just aiming for 11th. We need to be better than Dunfermline.

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September 2026

 

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An incredible month, as we finally beat Dunfermline but then surprise Ross County and Livingston (and me). We can't keep this form up though, surely.

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October 2026

 

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Celtic bring us crashing down to earth, and then we go and lose to the bottom two teams. We were depleted though, so I'm not too disappointed.

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December 2026

 

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We still don't have the depth to cope when we have fixture congestion, and we felt that a little bit here. But we go into the new year in an excellent position and potential European qualification.

 

 

 

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It's out first intake as a professional club, I'm expecting a strong one as a result.

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January 2027

 

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It looks like we've blown a tyre, we couldn't even beat a team two divisions below us in the cup. But that just means less fixtures.

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February 2027

 

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Yep, the wheels have well and truly fallen off. We should still have enough to qualify for the Championship group though.

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April 2027

 

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We clean up our act somewhat, and we draw with Rangers! We're 8 points clear with 4 games to go in a European position. It's looking okay at the moment.

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We cost Celtic the title, which sucks, but we get a spot in the Europa Conference League in only our first season in the Premiership :D 

 

 

 

Best XI

 

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Jordan O'Brien  -  Shea Alves  -  Liam Davies

 

 

 

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Record Breakers

 

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Award Winners

 

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Progress

 

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2027 Preseason

 

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I loaned a bunch of guys out just to see how much they can improve, but we had a heavy focus on bringing some fresh faces in, and they all look to be solid players. I've fiddled with the formula for WCBs a little (crossing has been removed as it's not a necessary attribute in my formation) so Peasland has been moved to the bench, but I'll show him anyway.

 

 

 

Central Defenders

 

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Central Midfielder

 

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Strikers

 

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A very busy run of friendlies, and a 121st minute goal eliminates us against Molde. I'm not too downcast about it, we don't yet have the depth for Europe so I'd like to wait until we do.

 

 

 

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Last again. I would like to get into the Championship group again, just to shake off the effects of any second season hangover.

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August 2027

 

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Some big money moves, as both Davies and O'Brien leave for greener pastures. We manage to snag O'Brien back on a loan, and we bring in familiar face Raylon Brown as the new RWB.

 

 

 

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A nice, unbeaten start to the league.

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October 2027

 

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Yikes, we've absolutely fallen apart. Injuries, suspensions and international callups really take a toll when you have no depth.

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2028 Preseason

 

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A flurry of loans, and we bring in a few players to bolster our ranks. There's been constant line-up reshuffling as these guys have come in, and we have one more on the way as of this post. We're definitely getting stronger!

 

 

 

Central Defenders

 

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Wing Backs

 

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Striker

 

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Our Assistant Manager did his absolute best to destroy our team in the preseason, scheduling 9 games in 22 days! Add to that our Conference League ties and there was no way we weren't going to be extremely match sharp by the time the real fixtures arrived.

 

 

 

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Not predicted last!

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August 2028

 

Transfers (Out)

 

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Larne, who have a tycoon and a 1m a month payroll, came calling for my starting DM, and he wanted to join them, so he's off. He now earns about 20% of our entire wage budget :lol:

 

Transfers (In)

 

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Replacing him on a very backended deal is Ngonge, who returns after his excellent loan spell 4 seasons ago.

 

 

 

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A packed month to start the season, and our form in the league has suffered as a result. But the key thing to draw from this month is our qualification into the Conference League! We actually had to beat the reigning finalists Antwerp in the final qualifiers, so I like our chances.

 

 

 

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Only to get this group :seagull:

Literally would've been happy to be in like 6 of these groups, and I get the worst one. Cool.

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September 2028

 

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An incredible month, going unbeaten in the league, beating Celtic twice, and almost holding Betis until the 87th minute when they scored twice to win.

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8 minutes ago, Punch said:

Really enjoying the Scottish leg of this save.

Good luck with the rest of this season!

Thanks! It's definitely starting to grow on me now that we can afford some better players. England is super annoying with their ridiculously overinflated wages and fees, so it's pretty cool finding gems in the Irelands and Scotland :D 

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November 2028

 

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A middling month, as we get knocked out of the Conference League, make the League Cup final and lose touch with the top 3 in the league.

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